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Reacting to the Podcast

Kelly McFall's podcast features long-form interviews with game authors, long-time Reacting veterans, and newcomers with interesting experiences and ideas.

Contact Kelly McFall (McFallk@newmanu.edu) with topic and guest suggestions, or with questions. 


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Episode Highlights


BRIlliancy Prize Winners, Pt 2

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This week's interview is with Terri Nelson, winner of the 2020 Reacting Brilliancy Prize.  The second of three episodes featuring winners of the prize. 

Featuring: Terri Nelson



BRILLIANCY PRIZE WINNERS, PT 1

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This week we feature an interview with Pamela Walker and Martha Attridge Bufton, winners of the Reacting Brilliancy Prize. This is the first of three episodes featuring winners of the prize.

Featuring: Pamela Walker and Martha Attridge Bufton


History of the Annual Institute

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On what would have been the 20th Reacting to the Past Annual Institute. Some of the key reacting professors and students reflect on how the conference came to be, how it's changed since it began, and why it's so meaningful to them.

Featuring: Mark Carnes, John Burney, Pat Coby, Jenn Worth, Michaele Ferguson, David Worthington and Violet Lumani


Nick Proctor Talks about the REB

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On what the Reacting Editorial Board is and how helps game authors improve their games and moving them toward publication.  Proctor talks about why the Reacting Editorial Board exists at all, what it does (and doesn't do) and, most importantly, how you can participate.  This is very beneficial for anyone thinking about or in the process of writing a game.

Featuring: Nick Proctor


An Interview With Amy Curry

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On why Amy Curry decided to write a game about the Black Death, how the game evolved over time and how it changed when Amy started teaching it on-line. McFall asks her for tips and warnings about taking games designed to be played in-person and running them on-line.

Featuring: Amy Curry
Games Mentioned in this episode: 1349: Plague Comes to Norwich

Remembering the Summer of Reacting

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On how Reacting tried to fill the void left by the cancellation of the 2020 Annual Institute, what we learned from a summer spent on-line, and what plans exist for the fall and winter. 

Featuring: Jenn Worth, Maddie Provo and Tony Crider

Season 3 Episode Catalogue

BRIlliancy Prize Winners, Pt 2

Spotify Apple Podcasts 

This week's interview is with Terri Nelson, winner of the 2020 Reacting Brilliancy Prize.  The second of three episodes featuring winners of the prize. 

Featuring: Terri Nelson


BRILLIANCY PRIZE WINNERS, PT 1

SPOTIFY Apple Podcasts

This week we feature an interview with Pamela Walker and Martha Attridge Bufton, winners of the Reacting Brilliancy Prize. This is the first of three episodes featuring winners of the prize.

Featuring: Pamela Walker and Martha Attridge Bufton

Season 2 Episodes Catalogue

Jon Truitt and Stephany Slaughter  on the Mexican Revolution, 1912-1920

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On the way the Mexican Revolution game has evolved over time, about how best to prepare as an instructor to play the game, and about what aspects of the game are most likely to challenge students.

Featuring: Jon Truitt and Stephany Slaughter

Games Mentioned in this episode: Mexico in Revolution, 1912-1920

Remembering the Summer of Reacting

Spotify Apple Podcasts

On how Reacting tried to fill the void left by the cancellation of the 2020 Annual Institute, what we learned from a summer spent on-line, and what plans exist for the fall and winter. 

Featuring: Jenn Worth, Maddie Provo and Tony Crider

An Interview With Amy Curry

Spotify Apple Podcasts

On why Amy Curry decided to write a game about the Black Death, how the game evolved over time and how it changed when Amy started teaching it on-line. McFall asks her for tips and warnings about taking games designed to be played in-person and running them on-line.

Featuring: Amy Curry

Games Mentioned in this episode: 1349: Plague Comes to Norwich


Season 1 Episode Catalogue 

WHAT PRECEPTORS WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT THEIR ROLE

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On why Leanne Vastbinder, Jessica Howell and Elliot Morelli decided they wanted to be preceptors, what they've learned from the experience, and how they want to work with professors.

Featuring: Leanne Vastbinder, Jessica Howell and Elliot Morelli

Robbie Goodrich on writing games about difficult topics

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On how the Weimar game came about, how it has changed over time, and why the label "the Weimar game" is really important. Also discusses the process of working with the Editorial Board and about thinking through hard questions as you write or run a game.

Featuring: Robbie Goodrich

Games Mentioned in this episode: Democracy in Crisis, Weimar Germany, 1929-32

 Nick Proctor Talks about the REACTING EDITORIAL BOARD

Spotify Apple Podcasts 

On what the REB is and how helps game authors improve their games and moving them toward publication.  We talk about why the REB exists at all, what it does (and doesn't do) and, most importantly, how you can participate.  This is very beneficial for anyone thinking about or in the process of writing a game.

Featuring: Nick Proctor

An interview with Mary Jane Treacy

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On how Mary Jane became a game author, what led her to invent Personal Influence Points, about her other games (Paterson and Argentina) and about what will be new in v. 2.0 of Greenwich Village.

Featuring: Mary Jane Treacy

Games Mentioned in this episode: Greenwich Village, 1913: Suffrage, Labor, and the New Woman , Paterson, 1913: A Labor Strike in the Progressive Era , and Argentina, 1985: Making Memories


John Moser on writing games about war and peace

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On how John learned about reacting, how to write games about diplomacy and politics, and his favorite Reacting story.

Featured: John Moser

Games Mentioned in this episode: Japan, 1941: Between Pan-Asianism and the WestEurope on the Brink, 1914: The July Crisis , and Restoring the World, 1945: Security and Empire at Yalta

History of the Annual Institute

Spotify Apple Podcasts

On what would have been the 20th Reacting Annual Institute. Some of the key reacting professors and students reflect on how the conference came to be, how it's changed since it began, and why it's so meaningful to them.

Featuring: Mark Carnes, John Burney, Pat Coby, Jenn Worth, Michaele Ferguson, David Worthington and Violet Lumani

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